Hospital cancer care praised in surveys

PATIENTS have praised the Conquest’s cancer care, according to two national surveys.

Results from two national cancer patient experience questionnaires put East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which also runs Eastbourne’s DGH, in the 12 best performing in the country for patients with urological cancers, such as prostate cancer.

They covered those treated from January to March last year.

The findings were carried out on behalf of the National Cancer Action Team, which is part of the Department of Health, and undertaken by an independent company called Quality Health.

It sent out 899 questionnaires and 540 patients completed them.

In the survey for patients with urological cancers, the trust was rated the best in Sussex and above the national average in 24 of 47 questions asked.

There was particular praise in the way patients were told about cancer test results, saying they were given explanations and information that was easy to understand.

The dignity given to patients was also rated highly.

Peter Rimington, the trust’s lead urology consultant, said: “This high standard is directly related to the care and dedication of our cancer specialist nurses who have worked extremely hard to provide the very best care possible.”

Darren Grayson, trust chief executive, said: “The positive findings show patients had a high confidence and trust in our doctors, staff did everything possible to control their pain, they were treated with a high degree of privacy and dignity and, importantly for patients, they were treated quickly. It is excellent news and a tribute to all the teams treating patients with cancer.”